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Sway Place

Trusted to care in Sway, Hampshire


Meet our friendly care team

It is the people who make our home a truly happy and caring one, and at Sway Place our experienced team of dedicated professionals all undergo our own in-depth training programme. The whole team works to make sure that residents' needs are at the heart of everything they do and that personalised care is provided.

Rachel Bedford

General Manager

Rachel Bedford

As the General Manager here, I am very proud to be leading such a beautiful home and dedicated team.

I have a wealth of experience to share with my team from previous Home Manager roles, and I have been working in the care sector for over 20 years. The team here at Sway Place are passionate and caring, and strive to deliver high standards of personalised care to all our residents, enabling residents to live enriched and purposeful lives in a homely environment. Sway Place is a beautiful home and we look forward to welcoming you.

Janet Lopez
Deputy Manager

I have been at Sway Place since 2012.

As part of this team, one of my achievements was being nominated in the National Care Awards 2014 as one of the Top 5 finalist in the Care Manager category. As a Deputy Manager my role is to support the General Manager and carry out audits to maintain the good standards of the home. I am proud to be part of a dedicated care team whose aim is to deliver person-centred and the highest standards of care.

Laura Blake
Home Admissions Advisor

I started my journey here when the home first opened in 2008.

As a previous Team Leader I have supported residents through their personal journeys to live their lives to the fullest and I am dedicated to making a positive difference to the residents we care for. I have welcomed many residents and their families into our beautiful home. Now as Home Admissions Advisor I am dedicated to making a positive difference at what can be an emotional time for residents and their loved ones. Every effort goes into enhancing and enriching the lives of  residents here and ensuring that they find the right care solution that is bespoke to them. It is a privilege to be part of the amazing team here and seeing the residents flourish and fulfilled. I look forward to welcoming you to our home.

Caroline Searson
Activities Coordinator

Having worked as a qualified nurse for several decades, I have also spent many of my more recent years working in the care home industry organising and delivering meaningful activities to residents.

I was thrilled when I won 5th place in the National Care Awards for activities out of 500 participants.

Working as Activities Coordinator is my real passion, enriching the lives of residents at Sway Place, helping them to take part in doing the things they enjoy and love. I also find it so very satisfying and rewarding to know we are doing our best to give the residents the best quality of life possible for the time they spend with us, involving them as much as possible in many daily activities. These are incredibly varied and completely planned alongside residents so they’re able to take part in what they want to - music, gardening clubs, games and quizzes, cocktail parties, and all sorts of  special events - this all contributes to making residents lives rewarding. 

Alan Bell
Head Chef

Working at Sway Place is my first role in a care home, but my background in private aviation preparing high quality balanced meals means I have excellent knowledge and skills for this role.

Having also collaborated with Champney's Health Spa, I know how important the nutrition in our diets is.

One of the best parts of the role is having the interaction with the lovely residents, being able to find out exactly what they like, so I can design and create dishes that they will enjoy. It has a real family feel here at Sway Place and I love being part of a fantastic, dedicated team at Care UK.

Emma Buckle
Head of Administration

I have been at the home since 2007.

As Head of Administration, I oversee the entire administrative function within the home including leadership of the reception team, HR and payroll, and billing. My team and I are committed to delivering the highest standard of customer service at all times.

Resident Ambassador

Colin has lived here since 2019.

Born in Barry, South Wales, he was married to his late wife, Jean for a staggering 73 years. Sadly, Jean suffered from Alzheimer's and, in Colin's own words, "living through this emotional journey with my loved one has given me great insight and enabled me to offer support to others who maybe going through similar situations". Colin's caring nature and empathy for others makes him the perfect choice when welcoming and reassuring new residents into the home. He is always on hand to offer support and guidance … that's when he is not busy in his workshop, making bird houses for the team and residents of the home. He attends meetings, where he is able to provide valued feedback and encourage dialogue between himself, his fellow residents and team members. Indeed, one of Colin's fondest memories is the support of the team in getting behind his Cancer Research UK fundraising efforts which resulted in him raising an incredible £3,000. Colin says: "I feel happy to have completed this challenge with the support of the lovely team here. Staff are attentive and compassionate and treat me with respect, they are always friendly and smiling, and go out of their way to offer any support. I am delighted to call this my home". Colin is also involved in the recruitment process, as he is able to offer an invaluable view of the needs and wishes of the residents in the home. Colin reports this as "an amazing place to live, where I continue to lead an active and fulfilled life. The staff are wonderful, their kindness shines through and they are always on hand to help 24/7. I feel honoured, taking on this role, and look forward to sharing my experiences of the home, offering advice and addressing any questions that prospective residents and their loved ones may have and, equally, introducing them to the other residents and my many friends. It will give me the greatest pleasure in welcoming you to our extended family here".

Colleague voices at Sway Place

Our experienced teams

Every day Care UK colleagues live our values of passionate, caring and teamwork to empower residents to enjoy fulfilling lives.


Our hardworking teams always keep individuals and their families at the heart of the care they provide. We work with you to shape the care your loved one receives, the food they’re served, the activities and experiences they want to do – even the ways they prefer to keep in touch with their friends and family. 


The nurses at Care UK are highly skilled and receive sector-leading training, which enables them to keep developing expertise in different clinical fields from dementia to palliative care.


Our dedicated lifestyle teams work hard to organise a range of activities and events at our home. From gardening and baking to quizzes, music sessions and even live entertainment. Above all, we get to know your loved one to make sure our activities are tailored to suit their interests and hobbies.

Home support roles

From catering to maintenance, housekeeping to administration, our home support teams play a crucial part in ensuring individuals enjoy an exceptional and safe service every day.

All our teams get to know each person they care for to ensure they provide a service that’s designed around their unique needs and tastes. 

Infection control

Each of our homes have a trained Infection Control and Prevention Champion – they are responsible for carrying out daily infection control audit and ensuring cleaning protocols are meticulously applied.